The Sufi Festival of Islamic Arts and Mysticism is coming to Glasgow.

The festival will take place at the Tramway and the adjoining Hidden Gardens from July 24, following the successful inaugural festival of 2019.

The Sufi Festival is described as 'a music and arts spectacular dedicated to showcasing the art, culture and mysticism of Sufism'.

It will welcome senior representatives of all major faith groups at a special reception event - including the Archbishop of Glasgow William Nolan and Senior Rabbi of Scotland Moshe Rubin - alongside the Lord Provost, elected members of local government and leading international Islamic scholars.

The main programme will be delivered over the full day of Sunday 24 July, while Saturday 23 of July will bring forward a new Sufi Conference element, with talks delivered by two pre-eminent scholars in Islamic religious sciences, Egyptian-British scholar Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari, director of the Ihsan Institute, and Syrian-American scholar and author Shaykh Dr Muhammad al-Ninowy, director of the Madina Institute and Professor of Theology at the University of Atlanta, Georgia.

The festival will partner with Penny Appeal, Tramway Theatre / Glasgow Life, Artzi-i (UK’s largest dedicated Islamic art gallery), the University of Edinburgh Al Waleed Centre, Awaz FM and British Muslim TV.

Tickets are FREE via Eventbrite at, with a paid evening concert with headliners Shah e Mardan, a Qawwali ensemble led by former apprentice to the late master of the artform, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

The Festival is funded by Creative Scotland, Arts and Business Scotland, and the Glasgow Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund, making it a key highlight of post-Covid cultural recovery in Scotland.

The festival takes place on July 24 and 25. For more information see